These are some of the films that are in the queue to watch. Please feel free to leave suggestions in the comment box!
Night on Earth – A story of five cab rides going on simultaneously around the world. Made many best-of lists. Familiar faces, 91% audience score on RT.
Emma – Jane Austen novel turned in to a comedy.
The Banker – Story of African American man who tried to level the playing field to allow people to buy houses. Samuel L Jackson, 100% audience on RT.
Exotica – Also on Ebert’s all-time list, 97% on RT.
Wendy and Lucy – Same director as Old Joy, also stars Michelle Williams.
Crip Camp – Documentary about a special camp in the 1970’s. 100% critic and audience score.
The Lives of Others – Ebert calls it a powerful but quiet film, constructed of hidden thoughts and secret desires. 93% on RT.
Saint Frances – Story of a woman that has an unwanted preganancy and then becomes caregiver to a 6 year old. Comedy dram written by the lead. 98% on RT.
Never Rarely Sometimes Always – The story of two friends who go to New York because of an unwanted pregnancy. 98% on RT, described as an intense and unique indie drama.
Victoria – The story of a party girl that ends up being involved in a crime after meeting three men about to hit the town. It’s supposed to be full of twists and texture. Single take for the 140 minute movie.
Banana Splits – Story of a teenage friends that have a complication – one is dating the other’s ex-boyfriend. 90% on RT.
Infinitely Polar Bear – Mark Ruffalo, comedy/drama. A bi-polar man tries to rebuild his relationship with his family.
The Grand Seduction – Comedy. A small fishing village in Newfoundland must procure a local doctor to secure a lucrative contract. Brendan Gleeson. Audience liked it better than critics.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire – NOT AVAILABLE YET. Story of a woman hired to paint a bride but ends up falling in love with her. 97% on RT.
Soul Kitchen – A well-reviewed German indie comedy
Anomalisa – 92% on RT, made by Charlie Kaufman (excellent director)
Holly Slept Over – Brand new – a female friend visits a couple having issues.
Official Secrets – Story of British whistleblower before the Iraq war. Keira Knightley.
Ash is the Purest White – A tragicomedy from China. 98% on RT.
The Past – French Drama / Mystery by the same Irandian director who has made several other movies that we loved. Iranian man goes to Paris to finalize his divorce.
Buffaloed – Set in the underworld of debt-collecting and follows the homegrown hustler Peg Dahl, who will do anything to escape Buffalo, NY.
Beautiful Kate – A woman returns home to see dying father only to have secrets unfold.
Goodbye Solo – An old white southern man hires a black man to drive him to a mountain where he will commit suicide. 92% on RT, 4 stars from Ebert.
Dreamland – story of a family living and struggling in the dust bowl. Margot Robbie, 80% on RT.
Hotel Splendide – bizzare satirical comedy starring Toni Collette and Daniel Craig.
Three Times – Ebert gave it four stars and said it was exquisite and impossible to find.
This is Martin Bonner – A slow-burning indie drama that explores friendship and the human condition. 93% on RT.
The Beat that My Heart Skipped – Gritty french drama, it won movie of the year there.
Good Bye, Lenin! – Sociopolitical comeday/drama/romance, 93% on RT and made some lists.
Jellyfish – Coming-of-age movie about a difficult teen with a hidden talent.
The Trouble With the Truth – Lea Thompson drama, 94% on RT.
Low Low – A group of friends navigate the last days of summer.
Happy Accidents – Marissa Tomei in a very quirky indie rom com. I liked her other work from this era.
Humpday – An early work by Lynn Shelton and a Duplas brother.
Love is Now – Australian film that chronicles that unexpected journey of a couple in new love.
Rosie – The story of a mother trying to keep it together after the landlord kicks out the family.
The Inland Road – An indie drama with a good review.
Amour – Retired couple have to deal with their daughter having a heart attack. I’ve heard about this one for years.
Transit – 95% on RT. A German refugee takes the identity of a dead writer in WW2.
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia – Drama where a group of men (including the suspect) spend the night trying to find the victim. Drama ensues. Made many best-of lists.
Maze – Story of 1983 IRA prisoner jailbreak. 100% on RT, described as extremely intelligent.
The Idea of Manhood – Two friends get together for a day to discuss their shortcomings. An unexpected conversation ensues.
Fireworks Wednesday – Another film by the aforementioned Iranian director. 100% on RT.
Women on the Balcony – An entertaining and enlightening look at what happens when ultratraditional religion meets some progressive women. 96% on RT.
The Conductor – Another indie gamble? It looks intriguing.
House of Games – Early David Mammet, on Ebert’s list.
Yesterday – A man wakes up to find that the world has never heard of the beatles. Romantic comedy written by Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Laggies).
Zama – Black comedy / period piece.
The Hunt – We enjoyed the work of the lead actor in other films.
A Fortunate Man – The few reviews I could find on this movie were good
Blame – I am a sucker for the coming-of-age dramas
If Beale Street Could Talk – Another one that got rave reviews
Bubble – Not unlike the amazing The Rider, this film was made with regular people and not actors. Very mixed reviews with Ebert saying that he thought it was the second best movie of 2006.
Good Movie Lists
Indies – A Good Movie to Watch – Not that I want to give props to another site but I’ve been following this list for a while
Paste Magazine 75 Best Indie movies
ew.com Best movies you’ve never seen